1 The word which the navi Yirmiyahu spoke to Baruch son of Nerya, when he was writing these words in a scroll at Yirmiyahu’s dictation, in the fourth year of King Yehoyakim son of Yoshiyahu of Yehuda:
2 Thus said Hashem, the God of Yisrael, concerning you, Baruch:
ב כֹּה־אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עָלֶיךָ בָּרוּךְ׃
3 You say, “Woe is me! Hashem has added grief to my pain. I am worn out with groaning, and I have found no rest.”
ג אָמַרְתָּ אוֹי־נָא לִי כִּי־יָסַף יְהוָה יָגוֹן עַל־מַכְאֹבִי יָגַעְתִּי בְּאַנְחָתִי וּמְנוּחָה לֹא מָצָאתִי׃
4 Thus shall you speak to him: “Thus said Hashem: I am going to overthrow what I have built, and uproot what I have planted—this applies to the whole land.
ד כֹּה תֹּאמַר אֵלָיו כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה הִנֵּה אֲשֶׁר־בָּנִיתִי אֲנִי הֹרֵס וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר־נָטַעְתִּי אֲנִי נֹתֵשׁ וְאֶת־כָּל־הָאָרֶץ הִיא׃
5 And do you expect great things for yourself? Don’t expect them. For I am going to bring disaster upon all flesh—declares Hashem—but I will at least grant you your life in all the places where you may go.”
v’-a-TAH t’-va-kesh l’-KHA g’-do-LOT al t’-va-KESH KEE hi-n’-NEE may-VEE ra-AH al kol ba-SAR n’-um a-do-NAI v’-na-ta-TEE l’-KHA et naf-sh’-KHA l’-sha-LAL AL kol ha-m’-ko-MOT a-SHER tay-lekh SHAM
ה וְאַתָּה תְּבַקֶּשׁ־לְךָ גְדֹלוֹת אַל־תְּבַקֵּשׁ כִּי הִנְנִי מֵבִיא רָעָה עַל־כָּל־בָּשָׂר נְאֻם־יְהוָה וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ אֶת־נַפְשְׁךָ לְשָׁלָל עַל כָּל־הַמְּקֹמוֹת אֲשֶׁר תֵּלֶךְ־שָׁם׃
45:5 And do you expect great things for yourself?
In the midst of the calamity, Yirmiyahu rebukes his closest student, Baruch son of Nerya, for being concerned about his personal welfare at a time of national crisis. Some suggest that as his grandfather was Maasayahu, governor of Yerushalayim during Yoshiyahu’s reign (II Chronicles 34:8), Baruch also hoped for high office, only to see his aspirations dissipate. Rashi, however attributes a higher motivation to Baruch: He was hoping, like great students of prophets before him, such as Yehoshua and Elisha, to receive the gift of prophecy. However, Yirmiyahu reminds his student, at a time when the people are suffering, personal goals – even spiritual ones – must be set aside.Comment